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the Bell Book Collection

Artifactual materials and documents relating to The Computer Museum in Boston, 1980s-1998

This is a collection of “computing” and books about “computing” before the stored program computer. Gwen Bell began collecting these 200+ books about computation and record keeping in 1976. This was just after the opening of the Digital Museum which was a converted coat closet in the lobby of Building 12 of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Maynard, MA. The museum was started after Gwen, Ken Olsen, and I decided there should be a classical museum about computer history.

The books cover a wide range from theory to calculated tables, a number of which are in French, German, and Latin. The collection includes very rare books by Galileo, John Napier, Henry Briggs, William Oughtred, and Adriaan Vlacq. Other important volumes include Edmund Gunter's The Description and Use of the Sector (1624); three books by Charles Babbage, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher, (1864); On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (1832); and Tables of Logarithms of the Natural Numbers from 1 to 108,000 (1889); and the Hollerith patent specifications (1889). Other highlights are Charles Hutton's book of tables (1781), tables based on the Harvard Mark I, under the direction of Howard Aiken (1949), and a beautiful book on the Jaquet-Droz automata (1979). A few examples of books which address particular applications and disciplines are Hudson’s The Land Valuer’s Assistant (1811); and Blackie and Son, The Agriculturists Calculator (1851). Finally, Jacob Bigelow’s Element of Technology (1829) is a must read, wonderful book that covers everything from heating and ventilation to the science of locomotion!

Bell Book Collection Directory, listed alphabetically by author.

The Bell Book Collection is housed at The Computer Museum in Mountain View, California.

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Computer architecture
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Electronic digital computers
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the computer museum
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barreme
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d'ocagne, maurice
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bion, nicolas
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by G. W. A. Dummer
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by Milne-Thompson
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by Siewiorek, Daniel P; Swarz, Robert S; Siewiorek, Daniel P. Theory and practice of reliable system design
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Rev. ed. of: The theory and practice of reliable system design. Bedford, MA : Digital Press, c1982
Topics: Electronic digital computers, Fault-tolerant computing, Arquitetura e organização de computadores...
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by Takashi Kojima
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by Philip Stanley
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by Pearson, Karl
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by Richard Burington
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by Newton, J.
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by Hutton, Charles
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by Keuffel and Esser
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by Briggs, Henry
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by Dietzen
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by Vlacq
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by Keuffel
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by MacNeill, Sir John Benjamin
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by Charles Hutton
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Source: folio
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by Siewiorek, Daniel P; Bell, C. Gordon; Newell, Allen
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [894]-914) and index
Topics: Computer architecture, microprocesseur, CRAY-1, IBM 370, HP 9810, mini-ordinateur,...
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by Francois Callet
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by Sir Guilford Molesworth
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Computers, informatique, intelligence artificielle, analyse numérique, Computers, Computers
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by Gunter, Edmund
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by Bureau of Ships
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by Bell, C. Gordon, comp; Newell, Allen, joint comp
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Bibliography: p. 638-651
Topics: Ordinateurs, Electronic digital computers, Ordinateurs, Computerarchitektur, COMPARAISON...
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by J. Brown
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by Dodson, James
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by Laundry
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by Bruhns
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by L. Jacob
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by Martin Gardner
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by Antonin Svoboda
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by Charles Hoare
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by C. O. Harris
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by Arthur, William
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by Lewis
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by Charles Babbage
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by Museum Staff
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The purpose is to report on the programs and exhibitions of the Museu. The contents of the Computer Museum Report may not be reproduced without written consent.
Topic: Computer History
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by Blackie and Son
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Museum Newspaper
Topic: Computer Museum History